Thursday, October 27, 2011

Love & Convenience by John Belt

John BeltLove is the most important thing of all. If we don't have love, then what do we actually have? Therefore it is important to actually know what love is and what it looks like. Jesus is the ultimate example of love, doing everything for the Father's pleasure, loving without compromising truth and laying down His life for others to know His love.

Love Misunderstood
Love can be such a misunderstood term in the Body of Christ. People define it in ways that really fall short of the true meaning. With this, many times love is often expected from another party rather than from the party making notes on another's shortcomings. Without controversy, love is love without compromising to the heart and will of God. Without God in the center no true love can exist. Love is not people-pleasing but is rooted in the pleasure of God. 

All we have to do is look at the example of Jesus to see what love looks like. Jesus was not a sales person. He did not present things in such a way, many times, that would cause people to say, "What a nice guy." Jesus was not concerned about being nice, His only desire was to please the Father. In pleasing the Father, He made people mad, sad and glad. There was not a common result. It varied depending on the condition of a person's heart and desire to know the truth. Love without truth is not love. It is nothing more than a people-pleasing spirit. People of the world use this falsely defined version of love that does not require God.

Not About Our Preferences
One thing for sure about love is that it is not about us. It is not about our selfish desires or our own personal preferences. This does not mean that all of our desires are bad. It is just when our desires are not running parallel to God's heart that it smells more of us than Him. Most of the time love is not convenient. It runs a cross course through what we want to do, our comforts and pleasures. It is when we are able to lay down that selfish aspect of our lives that we can find the true love of God. With all things being for the pleasure of God, love is sacrifice. We see Jesus laying down His life, forsaking the glory and pleasures of a much higher life, that we might experience that life as well.

Value and Sacrifice
Love thinks of others. Love learns to view things from the angle of another's perspective in order to bring help and support. When we truly love we also see how valuable we are. Our lives take on value because there is a price to laying down your life. By hearing the heart of God, seeing the need and responding in love, our value increases because there is a demand for our lives. It is this kind of love that overcomes, never fails. If we don't see ourselves as valuable, then we don't see the importance of our lives being involved in God's plan. In other words, you can just go on doing your own thing because there is no need for you.

In contrast, if there is a use for your life and God says, "I've called you to lay down your life in this," it means something. God has placed a value on your life and sacrifice. It is when we discover the true meaning of how God defines love in sacrifice that we see how valuable He is to us, and how valuable we are to Him.
His overflow be yours!

John Belt
Live In His Presence Ministries


Monday, October 24, 2011

TGIF: The Coming Wealth Transfer

Today's Prayer
God, Do You sense an independent spirit within me--one that hinders me from joining others in the mission You have called me to? While I do enjoy independence, it's nice sometimes 2 depend on someone else, 2 not have the whole weight of the world on my own shoulders. Help me 2 work w/and live in harmony w/my brothers and sisters in Christ. I want 2 help keep unity among believers as we go forward 4 the cause of Christ. If that means You need 2 work on that independent spirit within me, so be it. Help me, please. I love You, God. In Jesus name, Amen.

The Coming Wealth Transfer
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous (Prov 13:22).

In the last days there will be a transfer of wealth into the hands of the righteous 4 the purpose of funding a great harvest of souls and 4 believers 2 have greater influence on society in the name of Christ. This will happen in at least 4 ways.

1. Supernatural Transfer - Like the Israelites leaving Egypt, Christians and non-profit organizations will receive major gifts from individuals or foundations 2 carryout their Christian mission. In 2004, the Salvation Army received one of the largest gifts ever 4 Christian ministry via the founder's wife of McDonald's, Joan Kroc, in the amount of 1.5 billion dollars.

2. Power to Make Wealth - God is going 2 give witty inventions 2 believers throughout the world that will generate wealth. This has already begun. "But remember the LORD your God, 4 it is He who gives u the ability 2 produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which He swore 2 your forefathers, as it is today" (Deut 8:18).

3. Social Entrepreneurship - Just as Joseph was entrusted w/the resources of Egypt 2 solve a societal problem resulting from a famine in the land, God is going 2 transfer money 2 believers who are solving societal problems. Governments will fund private enterprises bcoz government is not been able 2 do it.

4. Wealthy Individual "Conversions"? Finally, many non-believers who are wealthy will become Christians in these last days and will begin 2 use their wealth 4 Kingdom purposes.
The transfer of wealth is designed 2 accelerate God's activity on the earth, not 2 simply make believers wealthy. Pray that God uses your work life call 2 accelerate His Kingdom on earth. And pray that God raises up good stewards of wealth.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Friday, October 21, 2011

TGIF: Jesus Wept for the City

Today's Prayer
Dear Father, Thank you for the comfort You provide through Your Holy Spirit, through my brothers and sisters in Christ, and through dear friends. I pray that You will help me 2 carefully and mindfully show grace and love 2 those who are hurting. Please give me insight and wisdom for ministering 2 people who have serious illness and who live day 2 day with the affects of incurable disease; 2 people who have addictions that I may not understand or identify with...or to those who have issues with which I can identify; 2 people who are grieving over the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, a home; 2 people who are struggling to overcome and live with life-altering disabilities. Thank you 4 the health You have given me and 4 all the many blessings You have bestowed upon me. In Jesus' name I come b4 You and pray. Amen.

Jesus Wept for the City
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes'" (Luke 19:41-43).

Jesus was making his triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. The Pharisees were complaining about the exuberance of His disciples as He made His way into the city. They were celebrating a life that had blessed them and countless others: "When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!'" (Luke 19:37-38).

Jesus was saddened by the response of the Pharisees. He knew what His presence could do for the city. But He also knew they would not change. The city would reject His presence and crucify. His presence would bring peace to the city if they embraced who He was - the author of peace. Now it would be hidden from their eyes bcoz of unbelief.

Every city can be blessed by the presence of Jesus in their midst. However, it requires city leaders 2 invite the presence of Jesus into their city in order 4 that city 2 experience peace. Jesus comes 2 bring peace in any situation. However, He also realizes He will divide city leaders because of unbelief and political correctness.

Does your city need the presence of Jesus? Do you desire to see peace in your city? Begin 2 pray for city leaders to understand how the presence of Jesus can impact your city in dramatic and positive ways.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And your own city.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

God's Plan for 2012 by Doug Addison

Doug Addison
We have been in a strategic time in which God is continuing 2 realign things that will bring about amazing results on earth and in our lives. If u have been following the series of prophetic words that God has given me this year, I have been talking about how God is bringing justice and repaying people 4 all that was Lost, Stolen, or Cut Short during the past nine years (from 2002–2011).

God spoke 2 me that the enemy has overplayed his hand against us and that if we would ASK Him [God], He will bring repayment. There is not a time limit on this prophetic word, bcoz God is outside of time, but I highly recommend that u continue 2 ask God 2 repay all that u have lost. Your repayment might come 2 u in various forms and increments. So watch 4 things like new favor, unexpected money, raises, promotions, restored relationships, new spiritual gifts and God's power in your life.

Prophetic Word on Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) ended this year at sundown on Friday, September 30th. In California sunset occurred at 6:54pm. At 6:50 the presence of God came upon me and I received a five-minute long prophetic download. Here's some of what God spoke 2 me.

As the sun sets on Rosh Hashanah (Friday, September 30th) an old season came 2 a close. We are now in 3 months of transition from October through December. Don't be discouraged by this transitional time, as it may look opposite from what u may expect. God is rearranging things, bringing new angelic assignments and lining things up 4 a fresh new start in January 2012.

Things that are Coming in 2012

We are going 2 C new medical breakthroughs in the coming new year. With the onslaught of destructive disease and viruses, God is offsetting this attack by initiating radical medical discoveries and cures.
There will be new inventions and business strategies released from Heaven. Some people will be shown how 2 make a million dollars overnight. Business partnerships will be formed 2 release finances 4 Kingdom projects.

New insight will come from God on how 2 deal w/some major political and social "hot buttons" that have separated people in the past. God is releasing the Spirit of Reconciliation that will bring healing of differences between people groups and nations.

I heard two strategic series of dates this year: November 14-17, 2011 and December 9-14, 2011. These will be significant times of connection and in some cases restoration. Pray that God's purposes will be accomplished during these days.

Nine-Year-Old Children Set Apart

When God spoke 2 me He said that bcoz the enemy had overplayed his hand so strongly starting in 2002, that children born 2002 (this includes some children born 2001) will be used greatly and have a high destiny on their lives. These young people have a high level of creativity and many of them have already experienced a great deal of trial and resistance. Many of them will begin moving in a greater level of wisdom and anointing over the next couple of years.

Angelic Interaction

This is a time of increased discernment as God is releasing the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation. Dreams and angelic encounters will also increase this month. The purpose of all of this is found in Ephesians 1:17, " that u may know Him better." This is a time 2 ask God 2 open our spiritual eyes and ears so that we can grow in deeper intimacy w/Him.

Season of Dry Bones is Ending

On October 5th I was writing on my computer and God spoke 2 me that this Winter will bring an end 2 "the season of dry bones." At the very moment I wrote those words: "This winter will bring an end 2 the season of dry bones," a freak rainstorm hit the roof of my house. God confirmed the word w/a very loud and hard rain 4 about 30 seconds and within a moment the sun came out. I then knew that this would happen suddenly 4 many people, and when things open up, it will be big. Satan has been trying 2 hold things back bcoz this next move from God will be huge and have worldwide impact.

Ephesians 1:17-18"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give u the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that u may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that u may know the hope 2 which He has called u, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people..."

Doug Addison
InLight Connection


Doug Addison is a prominent international conference speaker, author and has been a featured guest on television and radio 4 a number of years. His events are fun and high-energy as he uses media and stand-up comedy as a means of communicating deep insights. He is an experienced prophetic dream interpreter and a professional stand-up comedian.

TGIF: Jehovah Jireh

Today's Prayer
I remember a sweet song from my childhood that begins "Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world..." Yes, Lord, You love all the children. I pray that every Christian will look at others through your eyes. Yes, You hate our sin, but You love us so much and want us 2 have fellowship w/You and be w/You in eternity. And children...are so precious. I pray that their innocence will not be stolen, that every one will be loved as they should be, that every one will have comfort and food and shelter...and loving families. I pray that every child will have the chance 2 grow up and know You and serve You...and give back 2  You and 2 others through reaching out in ministry as You lead and equip them 2 do. Bless each one. Help us adults 2b sensitive 2 the needs and feelings of all children and 2b caring and compassionate and Christ-like examples, as Jesus would have us be. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Jehovah Jireh
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

But I think it is necessary 2 send back 2 u Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom u sent 2 take care of my needs" (Phil 2:25-26). 

I got onto the bus w/the other delegates attending a workplace conference in South Africa. It was a season in my life in which I had experienced many losses both financially and relationally. God was stripping away the old wineskin and creating a new one. One of the things He was teaching me was that He - not my skills, not my work - was my provider of financial needs during this season of training.

God provided me the means 2 attend the conference. One day b4 the registration deadline, a man came 2 my office and gave me $2500 and told me I was 2 go. Now, a man had just placed an envelope into my hand. "Here, God says I'm 2 give this 2 u. Inside are 10 crisp American $100 bills - $1000!" The man was from Kuwait.

Every believer needs 2 come 2 know Christ as their Provider. Jehovah Jireh means God is my provider. When God called the Israelites from their place of slavery they had 1 walk thru the desert. There is no way 2 earn a living in the desert. So God provided manna each day 4 them. Sometimes He even brought water from rocks. They had 2 experience a new way of gaining provision that was not rooted in sweat and toil. God had 2 demonstrate His faithfulness as Jehovah Jireh 2 His people.

There were times when Paul's tent making business was not the way God would provide 4 him. God often uses others as His instrument of provision. So, God sent Epaphroditus 2 take care of Paul's needs.

Do u know God as your provider? Do u have a need? Place your need b4 the Lord today and ask Him 2 demonstrate His faithfulness as Jehovah Jireh.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TGIF: Beware of the False Lover

Today's Prayer
God, please show me how You want me 2 use the skills, spiritual gifts, resources You have given me and the relationships You have allowed me 2 have 2 prepare 4 the great harvest You have planned. I pray that I will be a tool in Your hands 2 draw people 2 You. With that in mind, I ask You 2 please 4give me of my sins, sins that stand in the way of a closer fellowship w/You and that would be a hindrance 2 my living testimony. Please help me start fresh and new again right now. Thank You and bless You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Beware of the False Lover
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

Weeping may endure 4 a night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps 30:5).

When a measured assault enters our life we often respond in 2 different ways. The pain caused by the assault drives us 2 a place of either embracing the pain or we embrace anything that will make us feel better. That becomes the entry door 2 a false lover. Men and women each seek 2 avoid pain in different ways. Larry Crabb has summarized these 2 unique strategies often used 2 avoid deep pain:
All of us are trapped by addiction 2 a desire 4 something less than God. For many women, that something less is relational control. "I will not be hurt again and I will not let people I love be hurt. I'll see 2 it that what I fear never happens again." They therefore live in terror of vulnerably presenting themselves 2 anyone and instead become determined managers of people. Their true femininity remains safely tucked away behind the walls of relational control.
More common in men is an addiction 2 non-relational control. "I will experience deep and consuming satisfaction w/o ever having 2 relate meaningfully w/anyone." They keep things shallow and safe w/family and friends and feel driven 2 experience a joy they never feel, a joy that only deep relating can provide. Their commitment is twofold: 2 never risk revealing inadequacy by drawing close 2 people and, w/o breaking that commitment, 2 feel powerful and alive. Power in business and illicit sex are favorite strategies 4 reaching that goal.1
Many times we seek 2 deal w/our pain thru various forms of addictions designed 2 resolve the inner pain we feel. All addictions represent a counterfeit desire for genuine love and intimacy. We conclude these lesser desires are legitimate needs instead of band-aids of our fleshly soul. These addiction lovers become isolation chambers created 4 ourselves designed 2 mask our pain.

Every human being has a desire 2b loved. When we do not feel loved bcoz of some event in our lives we seek 2 reconcile this emotional pain. So, if u are fighting any kind of addiction--over control of people, sex, drugs, alcohol, workaholism, shopping, overeating--u are seeking 2 fill a void only God can fill.

Pain has a useful purpose in our lives. Facing it, rather than medicating it, allows us 2 move 2 a place of discovering a capacity 4 a different kind of joy. That is the purpose of pain. We must let inner pain do its work by experiencing it fully. It feels like a contradiction 2 actually embrace the pain, but it is the only remedy 4 moving past it so it can yield its purpose in our lives. 

Otherwise we will remain unaware of our deeper desire 4 God and be driven toward a false lover.

1 Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Waterbrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 2001, p.95

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Friday, October 14, 2011

TGIF: Truth in the Inward Parts

Today's Prayer
Dear God, Thank You 4 this day. Please help me 2 stand firm and 2 always give myself fully 2 Your work. I know that anything that is done 4 You in accordance 2 Your will is not in vain, but will reap showers of blessings. Although I may not always see immediate results or receive instant gratification (as so many want these days), I know that You are the Lord of the Harvest, and that You will bring the results in the right time. Please guide, direct, and strengthen me. In Jesus' name I pray, amen

Truth in the Inward Parts
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place" (Ps 51:6).

History reveals that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes popular mystery series once played a practical joke on 12 respected and well-known men he knew. He sent out 12 telegrams w/the same message on each: "Flee at once. All is discovered." Within 24 hours, they had all left the country!

Each of these men obviously had something 2 hide. Suddenly, though only in jest, the cover had been pulled away 2 reveal their true nature - and they fled. Such a lifestyle is not a legacy u want 2 leave behind.*

Around 1923, the most powerful men of the day ruled the world of money:

  • Charles Schwab, president of the largest steel company in America.
  • Samuel Insull, president of the largest utility company.
  • Howard Hopson, president of the largest gas company.
  • Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Albert Fall, Secretary of Interior in President Harding's cabinet.
  • Jesse Livermore, the great "bear" on Wall Street.
  • Ivan Krueger, head of the world's greatest monopoly.
  • Leon Fraser, president of the Bank of International Settlements.
These men were "movers and shakers," the kind many people envy and wish 2b like. Yet something went terribly wrong w/these men's lives. Twenty-five years later:
  • Charles Schwab, left behind an insolvent estate w/debts and obligations totalling 1.7 million.
  • Samuel Insull, died of a heart attack in a Paris subway station w/20 cents in his pocket.
  • Howard Hopson, died in a sanitarium
  • Richard Whitney had just been released from Sing-Sing prison.
  • Albert Fall died at home, broke.
  • Jesse Livermore committed suicide a week after Thanksgiving in 1940.
  • Ivan Krueger committed suicide.
  • Leon Fraser committed suicide.
Something went wrong during the process of their lives. It began in the inner man. Truth in the inner man is where the integrity battles are won or lost.
Pray that God allows u 2 live a life of integrity and honesty b4 the Lord.

*Paul J. Meyer, My Work Is My Ministry, Paul J. Meyer Resources, Waco, Texas., p. 18,
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TGIF: You're Different

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank u for this day. Thank you for my being able to see, to hear, to speak, to move about this morning. I'm blessed because you are a forgiving and understanding God. You have done so much for me. I have witnessed your hand of blessing, your miraculous power in my life and the lives of those I love, and you just keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for your forgiveness. Please keep me, my family, and my church family safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a positive and Christ-focused attitude and plenty of gratitude. Please clear my mind of distractions so that I can hear from you and please direct my steps today. Thank you so much, in Jesus' name, amen.
You're Different
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'" (2 Cor 12:9).

I was in Switzerland visiting an acquaintance I had met briefly almost ten years earlier at a Christian conference on the island of Cyprus. We had stayed in contact over the years as he had become a big fan of TGIF and had the devotions translated into German. I had felt led to make the trip from Germany, where we had been attending a conference.

I was sitting in the kitchen talking with my friend when I said, "You are different. There is a different spirit about you than when I met you ten years ago on the island of Cyprus. I have to admit, I thought you were a bit aloof," I confessed to him. "Hmm, you know Os, I thought the same about you." We both chuckled at our observations.

There was a difference in both of us because something dramatic had happened in both of our lives. My friend was a very successful businessman in Switzerland and was running a family business when things went very wrong. He lost millions as a result. Although his fortune was not totally wiped out, it impacted him greatly. It brought a humility and new found trust in God that had not been there before.

I had a similar story. I had gone through a seven year "pit experience" in which I had major loses in family, business and personal income. Now we were both on the other sides of our "pits." We could recognize something in each of us that had resulted from our experiences. There was a level of humility that was not there before. It reminded me of a statement a friend of mine made years earlier: "Beware of any Christian leader who does not walk with a limp." Sometimes God creates circumstances in our lives to create humility and greater dependence upon Him. It is because God works greater through weakness than strength.

I often tell others, "You can get humility voluntarily or involuntarily. It is much easier if you get it voluntarily."

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Monday, October 10, 2011

TGIF - The Power of Influence

Today's Prayer
God, please build your nature in me, so that I will love other people the way u want me to. Prepare me so that I respond in righteousness when attacks come from those who would mistreat me or act under an unholy power. Help me 2b a vessel of honor You and a light in the darkness. Thank You 4 loving me. Thank You 4 protecting me. Thank You 4 being You.

The Power of Influence
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"Now I want u 2 know, brothers, that what has happened 2 me has really served 2 advance the gospel" (Phil 1:12-13).

Have u ever heard these statements: "Money talks." Or how about this: "He who has the gold, rules." Both of these statements have truth in them.

When Jesus was crucified there was a question as 2 where Jesus would be buried. Those that hurried him 2 the cross, designed that he should make his grave w/the wicked; but God designed he should make it w/the rich (Isa 53:9), and so he did.

In order 4 Jesus 2b buried w/honor, a man of influence was permitted 2 take the body of Jesus. His name was Joseph of Arimathea. It seems this man had a personal relationship wPilate. He was a man of influence and owned a burial cave that was reserved 4 the rich.

Joseph of Arimathea was called an honorable counselor, a person of character and distinction, and in an office of public trust; some think in the state, and that he was one of Pilate's privy council; his post rather seems 2 have been in the church, he was one of the great Sanhedrim of the Jews, or one of the high priest's council.*

The Bible says that He desires His people 2b the head, not the tail. If we are 2 influence the culture, there must be men and women of influence in whom God uses 2 impact the culture. If u are a successful person, consider the words of Paul when he said, "...what has happened 2 me has really served 2 advance the gospel." Although Paul was referencing adversity in this statement, it can be equally said that each of us needs 2 ask if our prosperity has served 2 advance the gospel.

Are u using your influence 2 impact your workplace, city, or even nation 4 the sake of the gospel?

*(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yom Kippur 2011

There is a powerful biblical secret connected to Isaiah 55:6, where God says through His prophet, "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near." For generations its been taught this means between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the Lord is especially close, ready to judge us favorably and prepared to release an outpouring of mercy, grace, salvation and financial blessing. This connects us with the deeper teaching of the shofar, which is God’s advanced notice to us that it is time for our reward. Thus, ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that right now is the season that we should draw near to God; particularly by increasing our prayers and acts of charity.

We invite u to join Pastors Larry & Tiz this Friday night, October 7th and then again on Sunday morning October 9th as we gather together to honor, celebrate and teach the revelation of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This appointed time on God’s calendar is considered the most solemn of the High Holy Days. It’s also the day of Jubilee when divine health, financial freedom, debt cancellation, unexpected income and unusual miracles are released into your life. Our service on Friday will include the welcoming in of the Sabbath, special praise and worship, a time of prayer, ministry, and the beginning of the one day Yom Kippur fast. During this magnificent evening we will also participate in the traditional ceremony of the washing of the hands. It’s symbolic of baptism and the breaking of every contact with failure and every curse that is blocking your blessing.

Our Sunday service will continue this anointed theme of ministry. Pastor Larry will teach the deeper truths of Yom Kippur and how it is the foundation for the revelation of the 7 Places Jesus Shed His Blood. Again, it’s your time for removing every curse and releasing every covenant blessing of God. (Leviticus 16) We anticipate powerful spiritual, financial and healing breakthroughs through-out both services and encourage you to come expecting signs, wonders and miracles. Don’t let this window of opportunity pass you by. Plan to celebrate with us on Friday, October 7th at 7pm and again on Sunday, October 9th at 10am to experience the promises, power and presence of God.
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TGIF: The Valley of Baca

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Today's Prayer
Dear God, Thank you 4 having a purpose 4 my life and 4 telling me what Your expectations are thru the Bible. I know You must be disappointed w/me many times, when I fail 2 meet Your expectations of me. I can identify w/that from a human standpoint. When I expect a family member 2b responsible and 2 do something that they do not do, or when they make wrong choices in life, I am very disappointed. Sometimes I feel frustrated or angry and other times heartbroken. Help me 2b kind-hearted and long-suffering w/them, like You are w/me. Guide me 2 handle those disappointments w/integrity; 2 remain quiet when I should and 2 speak up when I should. Please give me the thoughts, words, and actions You want me 2 have. And God, please 4give me 4 disappointing You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

The Valley of Baca
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion" (Ps 84:5-7).

There is a spiritual law in the Kingdom of God. Every great leader in the Kingdom will pass through the Valley of Baca. Baca means to weep. It comes from the Hebrew word,bakah (baw-kaw'); a primitive root; to weep; generally to bemoan.

However, Baca is also a place of springs. There is nothing better on a hot day when you're thirsty and weary than to drink water from a mountain spring. It refreshes. It renews. It gives you a second wind to continue your journey. Those who commit themselves to a pilgrimage with God will experience the Valley of Baca. But in the midst of Baca they will discover that in this valley they will also drink from a very special spring that refreshes with a different kind of living water.
It becomes the source of "secret things in hidden places" described by the prophet Isaiah (Isa 45:3) reserved only for those willing to journey on the Great Pilgrimage with God. Once you drink from this spring you will be energized in your spiritual man from strength to strength. Each Valley of Baca will result in a new spiritual spring from which you will drink. It is handmade just for you by God. But know this?it will be used to provide a refreshing drink for others you will encounter who are also on their pilgrimage.

Ultimately, Baca leads to the presence of God. There is something about being in a place with God that results in our weeping and crying out to Him. Do you find yourself in this place with God today? If so, know that His springs are also available to you. Ask him today to give you a drink from His spring only available in the Valley of Baca.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

TGIF - God Leads Us into the Desert

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Today's Prayer
Good morning, God! Thank you 4 this day. Thank you 4 meeting my needs. I come 2 You today, asking that You will increase my faith. I want my faith 2b as "the grain of mustard seed that can move mountains" and as constant as Your love for me. Please move in my life and strengthen my spirit through Your Holy Spirit. May I be a faithful witness 4 You, my Lord. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

God Leads Us into the Desert
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil" (Matt 4:1).

There is a common teaching going around today that says if u do all the right things in your Christian life, u will be blessed and never experience problems in your life. This teaching is heresy. The Bible says that we will encounter many problems during this lifetime. Just read Peter's epistle.

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert 2b tempted by the devil. Why would God lead His Son into the desert 2b tempted? Why would God lead u and me into the desert?
The desert is a place 2 learn something about ourselves. It is the place where we determine if we will truly live by every Word of God, not by bread alone. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus responded to every temptation by citing what the Word of God said about that temptation.

This is also the way u and I must respond 2 the temptations that are brought our way. We must have the Word of God written into our hearts in order 2 know how 2 respond 2 given situations. 

The Bible says, "the truth shall make u free." It is knowing and doing the will of God that allows us 2 live free from the temptation of evil.

The desert is often the place of silence. However, it is also a place where the devil will speak loudest bcoz u are in a place of weakness and the comforts of your normal life are not 2b found. It is a place where God is often silent but can also be a place where God speaks loudest. The word desert comes from the Hebrew word "dahbaar" which means "to speak."

If God has placed u in the desert, meditate on the Word of God so that u will withstand the temptation that comes in the desert place.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Monday, October 3, 2011

TGIF - When Others Fail U

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Today's Prayer
Dear God, I need 2 learn 2 take one day at a time. Your Word reminds me, "Do not worry about tomorrow, 4 tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient 4 the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34). I give all my worries and concerns 2 You, God, the all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, Almighty God. Please give me peace, grace, and wisdom 4 the day. Lord, I also pray 4 the people in this world who live in war-torn nations, poverty, unhappy homes and abusive situations. Please reach down and show them Your love, that they may know that You are God and that You care about them and will give them rest. In Jesus' name, amen.
When Others Fail You
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Again Jesus said, 'Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you'" (John 20:21-22).
Have you ever entrusted someone to carry on a project only to have them fail miserably? What was your response? Many times leaders shame others in order to help them realize the gravity of their failure.
Bill ran a manufacturing company. His executive management team sought to take over the company in a hostile corporate take over. It was unsuccessful. Bill would have to manage the same team that betrayed him.
When Jesus was crucified many of the disciples fled. Peter denied Jesus three times. He was a leader without followers. Jesus has now come back to life. How will Jesus handle this reunion among those who have totally abandoned Him and the mission?
"Again Jesus said, 'Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you'" (John 20:21-22). What an incredible greeting after all they had experienced. No shame. No harsh words. Just a reaffirmation of the mission and His commitment to them. Jesus used grace and total acceptance as motivation for His followers to carry on the mission.
He didn't need to remind them of their failure. They already felt bad enough. It was time to recast the vision with new life. When there is failure in the organization, it is more important to revitalize the team, not focus on the past.
Do you need to rally your team around a mission that has stalled, failed or gotten off track? Begin by affirming those under your leadership. Be at peace and send them forth!

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

TGIF - Studying 2 Give vs Studying 2 Know

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Today's Prayer
Dear God, Your Word tells me (1 Corinthians 2:14-15) that “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: 4 they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, bcoz they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” And I know that your Word “is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even 2 the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). 

Please give me spiritual discernment through the power and indwelling of your Holy Spirit within me and through the wisdom of your Word. As I pray and read your Word, and as I rely on your guidance each day, I pray that my eyes will C, my heart will feel, my ears will hear, and my mind will comprehend what u are teaching me…and that I will be able 2 discern what is of the your spirit and what is not; what is good and what is evil; what is truth and what is a lie. May my spirit bear witness w/my brothers and sisters in Christ. Please protect us from the evil one and his tricks, keep our families safe from all harm, and direct our paths each day. I pray these things in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Studying 2 Give Versus Studying 2 Know
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"You diligently study the Scriptures bcoz u think that by them u possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet ... u refuse 2 come 2 Me 2 have life" (John 5:38-40).

Sometimes u would think the trinity is Father, Son and Holy Scriptures instead of the Holy Spirit. There can be a tendency in Christianity 2 give so much focus upon the Holy Scriptures that we fail 2 acknowledge the role of the Holy Spirit in our daily activity.

There is also a second danger. We must be careful in studying the scriptures 4 the sake of giving 2 others instead of desiring more of God 4 ourselves. This is particularly dangerous 4 the professional Christian worker who is under continued pressure 2 feed and teach His people. If we are not careful, this process becomes a religious exercise of production, instead of a time of seeking, learning and experiencing His presence.

Jesus told His disciples that when He left He would be leaving the Holy Spirit which would help them live victoriously 4 Him. "All this I have spoken while still w/u. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach u all things and will remind u of everything I have said 2 u" (John 14:25-27).

"For John baptized w/water, but in a few days u will be baptized w/the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5). No longer would converts be baptized just w/water, but now they would be baptized w/the Holy Spirit. Baptism means we are immersed w/water. Now we will be immersed in the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that draws us into intimacy w/the Father. He prompts us w/a Scripture verse 2 share w/a friend or co-worker. He endues us w/the power 2 live 4 Him and not in our own strength. Truly the Holy Spirit is the third person in the trinity that must be acknowledged and obeyed as we seek 2 live 4Christ. He is also our teacher and guide.

Today, why not ask the Holy Spirit 2 baptize u afresh w/the power 2 know Him, not just know about Him.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.